February 5, 2016
Welcome to our new "Washington Update" format! Have a great weekend everyone and a great SuperBowl Sunday!
Congratulations Caitlin Mayo!
5th grade Washington School student Caitlin Mayo was awarded an special honor at the "WWRSD has heART” exhibit opening at the Westwood Gallery on February 4, 2016. Caitlin’s photograph of colorful markers in the shape of a heart was not only chosen as a competition finalist – only one of 14 from the entire school district – but it was also chosen to receive special recognition from ArtWorks: The Naomi Cohain Foundation. ArtWorks is an organization that uses the arts to enhance the lives of children and young adults suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. At the gallery opening, Caitlin was presented with a gift and special certificate by four members of the ArtWorks staff, including Amy Sokal, Executive Director. Ms. Sokal has also expressed interest in having Caitlin’s photo used as the company’s new logo! Congratulations to Caitlin, her family, and Art teacher, Mrs. Stacey Becan.
So let's turn in those box tops you're collecting and continue to send them to school in batches of 10 or more! Just bag them up or attach to a sheet if you prefer, whatever is easiest for you! Our deadline for this contest is February 25, but keep them coming after!
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We appreciate your cooperation!
PARCC Talking Points
As the PARCC assessment draws closer, I will be sending out informational updates to keep you abreast of important information about the test.
Why is New Jersey using PARCC?
New Jersey has had statewide assessments since the 1970s. In fact, the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires every state to test students in grades 3 to 8. The previous paper-and-pencil student assessments—the NJASK and HSPA—complied with the federal requirement for statewide exams, but were often criticized for not providing useful data to improve schools. In the 2014-2015 school year, New Jersey transitioned to PARCC, an exam created by New Jersey and other states to more accurately measure academic standards in mathematics and English language arts. PARCC is designed to provide parents/guardians and educators with information that can improve learning.
Who creates PARCC questions?
Hundreds of K–12 and postsecondary educators, content specialists, and assessment experts from New Jersey and other PARCC states participate in the development of all PARCC testing items. Each test item was reviewed by no fewer than 30 educators prior to field tests, and outcomes of the field test were then reviewed by 80 educators before being included on the operational tests.
PARCC Testing Dates 2016
Grade 3: May 2nd-5th
Grades 4 & 5- May 9th-12th